Volunteers needed for the Carlton County Flood Relief Center

By KBJR News 1

June 25, 2012 Updated Jun 25, 2012 at 7:06 PM CDT

The Carlton County Flood Relief Center has opened at the Cloquet Armory to assist those affected by the flooding. Officials say, the more helping-hands, the better.

"Floods are the worst because the damage is insidious and it's extremely destructive in terms of fiscal effects."

The floods last week displaced more than 750 households in Carlton County and the need for volunteers is at an all -time high.

"The flood relief center and the Cloquet national guard armory is really looking for volunteers, donations, providing services, they are really in desperate need to have some volunteers to go help people clean- up."

Red Cross volunteers have been in Carlton County and surrounding areas, distributing bulk supplies, clean-up kits and water.
This week, the Red Cross will be providing meals in conjunction with the Salvation Army in the Fond du Lac neighborhood.

"This has been the largest Red Cross relief operation in the country this week and we have about 134 Red Cross volunteers on the ground right now."

Any item will be accepted at the relief center...yet, some are needed more than others.

"There are a lot of people who have different kinds of needs and if someone has something specific they want to donate, they really love to give some gasoline or food gift cards."

Not only are officials calling for items to provide for physical needs...there is also a great financial need as well.

"There are low income people who can't afford to go to a hotel and they can't even afford the clean- up. We just now got some clean up kits that came in and we're trying to give them information from public health on how to properly clean up their homes."

There are no requirements to become a volunteer, only the dedication to help out the community.

"Size is not an issue, the size of your heart is an issue, i think. If you care about others and you want to help your neighbors, that's the best qualification."

If you would like to volunteer, you must register through the center, or call 218-384-1112 ... a flood relief fund has been set up at Wells Fargo, all money collected will go to victims of the flood in Carlton County.